Saunders lands on 1A first team

The Nevada girls’ soccer team was well-represented on the Class 1A girls’ all-state soccer teams chosen by the Iowa High School Soccer Coaches Association.

The Cubs had one player make the first team and four others land on the second team in 1A.

Sophomore fullback Raegan Saunders was the lone Cub chosen to the first team. Saunders was the only sophomore to make it on the first team as her outstanding defensive and long-range kicking abilities helped the Cubs get to the 1A state semifinals before bowing out to eventual state champion Davenport Assumption, finishing the season at 13-6.

Assumption put four players on the first team in seniors Danielle Moore and Sydney Lunardi and juniors Rose Ripslinger and Maddie Irmen. Bishop Heelan Catholic – the 1A state runner-up – was represented on the 1A all-state first team by senior Haley Nelson and junior Sam Tymkowicz.

Council Bluffs St. Alberts had two players on the first team in senior Allison Cox and junior Emma Munger. Tri-Center’s Kaylee Grote, Iowa City Regina’s Katie Wick and Center Point-Urbana’s Jessica Wooldridge made up the rest of the 1A first team.

Two more Cub sophomores – midfielder Michaela Matuska and forward Elli Cassabaum – made the 1A second team. Matuska had five goals and seven assists and Cassabaum led the team with 17 goals and added five assists.

Senior sweeper Danielle Thomsen and freshman keeper Clara Sporrer also made the 1A second team for Nevada.

Thomsen capped her outstanding career by anchoring a great Nevada back four on defense. Sporrer made 84 saves at a strong 86-percent success rate.

Class 1A girls’ all-state soccer teams

First team: Rose Ripslinger (Jr.), Davenport Assumption; Danielle Moore (Sr.), Davenport Assumption; Maddie Irmen (Jr.), Davenport Assumption; Sam Tymkowicz (Jr.), Bishop Heelan Catholic; Allison Cox (Sr.), Council Bluffs St. Alberts; Jessica Wooldridge (Sr.), Center Point-Urbana; Katie Wick (Jr.), Iowa City Regina; Kaylee Grote (Jr.), Tri-Center; Emma Munger (Jr.), Council Bluffs St. Alberts; Raegan Saunders (So.), Nevada; Sydney Lunardi (Sr.), Davenport Assumption; Haley Nelson (Sr.), Bishop Heelan Catholic.

Second team: Faye Assman (Sr.), Council Bluffs St. Alberts; Arika Wooldridge (Fr.), Center Point Urbana; Alexis Davis (Sr.), Denver; Jenny Wick (Fr.), Iowa City Regina; Tori Lust (Sr.), Iowa City Regina; Elli Cassabaum (So.), Nevada; Michaela Matuska (So.), Nevada; Ashlee Sinnott (Sr.), Columbus Catholic; Nevada Meis (Sr.), Council Bluffs St. Alberts; Danielle Thomsen (Sr.), Nevada; Katie Kuck (Sr.), Council Bluffs St. Alberts; Clara Sporrer (Fr.), Nevada.